Tegucigalpa was electric yesterday and San Pedro Sula partied into the night as a major upset brewed in the impoverished banana republic of Honduras’ presidential elections.
As of this morning, with 57% of results in, left-leaning 64-year-old former sports broadcaster Salvador Nasralla of the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship coalition had 45% of the vote while right-wing National Alliance incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez had 40%.
Under Hernandez’ rule, Honduras languished in poverty. A strong ally of the U.S., he presided over an epidemic of gangs, crime and violence which engulfed the former United Fruit client-state. Last December Hernandez travelled to Tel Aviv so sign a security agreement with Israel.
Hondurans remember well the year 2009, when leftist President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup after he got too cozy with Hugo Chavez & Daniel Ortega, whose neighboring Sandinista government in Nicaragua had, as a nascent guerrilla army, been the pretext for the US transformation of Honduras from Chiquita banana plantation to US military forward base against Latin American “communism”.
Zelaya had threatened the entrenched Honduran military/oligarchy alliance. The Obama Administration – Hillary the hawk on point – cheered the news of Zelaya’s exile as yet another democratically-elected leader south of the border was deposed in favor of banker interests.
Yesterday’s vote shows that most Hondurans still lean left. Nasralla – of Palestinean descent – founded the Anti-Corruption Party. He lived in Chile during adolescence, then returned to Honduras to become CEO of Pepsi before getting into the entertainment business.
Already the corporate media, led by Haaretz, is giving Nasralla’s wife Iroshka Elvir a hard time after the 2015 Miss Honduras allegedly “praised” Hitler. Some election observers are nervous at the slow pace of the vote count, but as I write this Reuters is now reporting 70% of the vote in with Nasralla the clear winner.
Viva la Revolucion!
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com